Amazon recalls portable chargers on reports of fires, burns

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics portable battery chargers due to overheating, The Verge reports. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable. The affected devices have the AmazonBasics on the front with the part number - B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA - on the back. You can find those numbers printed on the back of the product.

The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China.

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Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

The CPSC says consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund. Alternatively, visit https://amazonpowerbank.expertinquiry.com/ at any time.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.

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